Information Literacy Tutorials

Information literacy level one tutorials (First Year Seminar)

Available as an iLearn module - contact Library_Instruction@csumb.edu

FYS Tutorial One - This tutorial will help you choose an appropriate topic for research, and focus that topic to suit the limits of time available and type of assignment

IL Outcomes

Choose a topic appropriate to the assignment

Identify search terms relevant to the topic

FYS Tutorial Two - This tutorial will help you use the library's OneSearch tool to find books, articles and more by performing a keyword search and how to evaluate the relevance of your search results.

IL Outcomes

Effectively search for and identify sources using the library OneSearch search tool

Evaluate the relevance of search results

Information literacy level two tutorials (Area B2: Life Science)

Available as an iLearn module - contact Library_Instruction@csumb.edu

Tutorial 3 (Life Science) - This tutorial will introduce you to the scientific peer review process and how it contributes to the reliability of scientific knowledge. You will also learn to recognize the structure of typical scholarly scientific articles.

IL Outcomes

Understand how the scientific peer review process contributes to the reliability of scientific knowledge

Effectively search for and identify peer-reviewed articles on the topic

Tutorial 4 (Life Science) - This tutorial will help you learn how to search for and retrieve relevant, peer-reviewed sources on a research topic. You will learn to choose relevant library databases and combine keywords and synonyms to develop a search strategy. You will evaluate information sources using several important criteria to help you establish the credibility of the source and its author(s).

IL Outcomes

Select library databases appropriate to the topic

Identify and combine keywords and synonyms to develop a search strategy; effectively execute the search in appropriate library databases

Evaluate the credibility of information sources, using the following criteria:

  • Expertise & Credentials
  • Purpose & Audience
  • Point of View

Information literacy level two tutorials (Area D2: U.S. Histories & Democratic Participation)

Tutorial 3 (U.S. Histories)- This tutorial will introduce you to the peer review process and how it contributes to the reliability of knowledge. You will also learn to recognize the structure of typical scholarly journal articles and learn to distinguish between primary historical evidence and secondary historical sources.

IL Outcomes

Effectively identify relevant scholarly sources on the topic

Understand the distinctions between primary historical evidence and secondary historical sources

Tutorial 4 (U.S. Histories)- This tutorial will help you learn how to search for and retrieve relevant, peer-reviewed sources on a research topic. You will learn to choose relevant library databases and combine keywords and synonyms to develop a search strategy. You will evaluate information sources using several important criteria to help you establish the credibility of the source and its author(s).

IL Outcomes

Select library databases appropriate to the topic

Identify and combine keywords and synonyms to develop a search strategy; effectively execute the search in appropriate library databases

Evaluate the credibility of information sources, using the following criteria:

  • Expertise & Credentials
  • Purpose & Audience
  • Point of View

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